Elle Decor June 2016

The THDP project transforms the hotel in Via Galvani in a boutique hotel in the name of functionality, comfort and networking.

A new design hotel in Milan : the historic Hilton Hotel Via Galvani was recently redesigned from the study Anglo-Italian THDP, composed of Manuela Mannino and Nicholas Hickson, from London.

Hilton Milan Lobby

The goal? 

Bring Corporate Hotellerie towards its own design concept of the Boutique Hotel. 

We think we met them with this project.

What is the renovation of the Hotel, and what changes were made?

We have already renewed the rooms and corridors, and then the lobby. We have equipped it to a new dining space, which welcomes guests into an aesthetically beautiful environment but above all friendly and functionally flexible with suitable spaces for relaxation, socializing and networking, whether for business or pleasure.

Compared to before, the space is open and visible from the outside, is this a sign of openness to the city?

Certainly yes. The lobby concept is derived from the direction provided by Hilton Worldwide to create spaces ready for the future, in which the host and the city are the protagonists and in which the hotel expresses a genuine bond with the fabric and urban history.

A Hotel which speaks of Milan ...

The choice of colors, materials and fabrics comes from the city and the urban context in which the hotel is located, and whose strong vocation for fashion, art, design and architecture make it a unique place in the world. The materials are based on the traditional Italian marble, travertine, stucco. Fruit of craftsmanship that wants to be explicitly represented, as a strong symbol of Italian design and tradition.

Italy is also food and catering...

Exactly, and the restructuring was also the occasion for the launch of the new space Dining Lounge Concept45, with menu 'created by chef Paolo Ghirardi, inspired by the cuisine of the regions crossed by the 45th parallel.

The transition from Corporate Hotel in living space is immediately evident. How did you get this?

Of course, with the attention to detail. At the center of the lobby we placed a table set up with fruit, cookies and beverages to accommodate guests arriving or departing, presented at Kartell and Driade vessels. Around the gallery they are placed the bar and the dining rooms on one side and the hearth area, which in English is the coating stone used around the fireplace, on the other: an intimate and relaxing space, with a spectacular fireplace, furnished with sofas and soft ottoman and made ven more welcoming by the spread of steam aromas. In the library and in the bar there are two great works of art dedicated to the La Scala Opera House, and on the shelves a number of display cases with the theme "Objets de Curiosite" contains objects vintage-inspired Milan fashion.

The space that was dedicated to the business center has been turned into a reading area. And even here the choice of elements of Italian design is clear, especially in lighting. Which companies have chosen?
We designed an oval table on which has a suspended chandelier above also by Vico Magistretti, is the gold Atollo, this classic welcome the guests at the reception desks. The companies chosen to illuminate the environments are all Italian, from Guzzini to Italamp, and Nemo Lighting.

A very big thanks to Valentina Mariani !